Sky Sports News broke the story this morning that Liverpool winger, Stewart Downing is due to have a medical at West Ham ahead of a proposed transfer. It was a transfer that had been widely spoken about over the last few weeks and it seems as if both clubs have come to an agreement.
Downing joined Liverpool two seasons ago in a big money move from Aston Villa. He was part of a string of poor signings by Kenny Dalglish and current manager Brendan Rogers appears to have decided to allow the England international to leave. According to Sky Sportsnews The fee is believed to be in the region of £5 million which would mean a significant financial loss for Liverpool.
He has struggled to cement a place in the Liverpool side and he now looks like he will join Charlie Adam and Andy Carroll as two big name signings that have failed to live up to expectation. The signings of Felipe Coutinho, Iago Aspas and Luis Alberto will probably see his first team opportunities limited and it now looks like he will leave.
He could prove to a great signing for West Ham. He is a decent Premier League winner. He has some very good seasons with Middlesbrough and Aston Villa, but the move to a bigger club hasn’t worked out. Downing and West Ham, under Sam Allardyce, could work well together. Downing’s delivery is quite good and with a man like Andy Carroll in the side they could link up together effectively.